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Sidewalks of New York (2001)

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56

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 91
Fresh: 51 | Rotten: 40

Though well-acted, Sidewalks of New York generally comes off as a second-rate Woody Allen film. The characters seem self-absorbed, the problems trite.

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 12

Though well-acted, Sidewalks of New York generally comes off as a second-rate Woody Allen film. The characters seem self-absorbed, the problems trite.

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Movie Info

A documentary film crew follows the lives of six New Yorkers as their lives unexpectedly intersect -- or at least that's what writer, director, and actor Edward Burns would like you to believe in this comedy-drama that looks at the rocky road of relationships in the Big Apple. After sharing the stories of their earliest sexual experiences with an interviewer, six people are trailed by a cameraman through the course of an average day. Tommy (Edward Burns) is a successful television producer (and

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Edward Burns

May 21, 2002

$2.1M

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If Sidewalks is still a pretty hard film to laugh at, that's not because it stirs horrific memories. The laughs don't come easily because the humor often feels forced.

November 30, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
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The film uncovers no hidden truths about relationships except one: Romantic comedies don't have to be profound when they are as appealing as this one.

November 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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As a romantic comedy on your film menu, Sidewalks of New York holds the romance and serves comedy on the side.

November 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Make no mistake, [Burn's] damn good at his singular craft, adept at building and oiling this particular machine. And it runs as smoothly as ever -- the plentiful laughs arrive right on cue, as do the occasional moments of near-poignancy.

November 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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It is nice that Sidewalks reflects a younger, multiethnic New York, one in which not everybody is wealthy and middle-aged or older as Allen's New York increasingly was. But diversity is no substitute for quality.

November 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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My own instinct tells me that Sidewalks of New York doesn't work and doesn't go anywhere, but there are a few talented performers on display.

November 28, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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A Charmed Life---Men are pigs and women play games in "Sidewalks of New York."

July 15, 2002 Full Review
Pasadena Weekly

La cinta en el global es una opción atractiva si buscan una cinta ligera y que hable de un amor posible en un grupo de caóticos seres que cohabitan en ese micro-universo

July 5, 2002
Cinenganos

Burns's ear for dialogue prevents it from becoming a forgotten footnote to a promising career.

April 17, 2002 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Virtually every actor in "Sidewalks" gives a performance that is just begging for better, more challenging material.

April 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Countingdown.com
Countingdown.com

A work of charm, sweetness and ease

April 14, 2002

While it may not have anything new to say about love, life, or even New York, it's entertaining enough to keep you occupied while you're waiting for Woody to return to form.

March 18, 2002 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

It's entertaining yakking, yakked by characters we enjoy watching.

January 2, 2002 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

Demonstrates that Ed Burns can make a satisfying movie.

December 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Burns has a way with actors and a way with dialogue, but he hasn't matured to the point where he can offer up a slice of life that doesn't feel pre-programmed.

December 13, 2001
Daily-Reviews

A comedy/romance for the under forty crowd obsessed with sex, relationships, fidelity, and their neuroses.

December 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Burns misses a chance to make a witty, observant film about contemporary sexual politics; instead, he comes up with his usual by-the-numbers portrait of lovesick New Yorkers.

December 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Certainly recommendable to anyone looking for a solid date movie...

December 3, 2001 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Little more than an occasionally amusing, often maddening rip-off of old Woody Allen multirelationship films.

November 30, 2001 Full Review Source: NUVO Newsweekly
NUVO Newsweekly

Treads well-worn ground and fails to make us really feel for its half dozen self absorbed relationship-challenged characters.

November 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

At first, it seems like Burns' most unoriginal, least exciting movie to date. But it's much more than that because Burns brings some astute, prickly observations to the mix and actually works against the idea of predictability.

November 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

It's hard enough for Allen to make a great movie these days. The last thing we need is a second-rate talent aping him.

November 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

The psychobabble never reaches Allen-esque levels; an overriding innocence and optimism corrals the dialogue and redeems even the older, more complicated psyches in the ensemble.

November 30, 2001
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A snappy take on romance in Manhattan.

November 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
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Audience Reviews for Sidewalks of New York

'Sidewalks of New York' is one of those movies which I instinctively knew in advance that I would enjoy. And I did. It takes a few minutes to adjust to the style of the 'news bulletin' opening, and quirky camera cuts, but once you attune, you can settle down to a Woody Allen-type saga of several everyday lives in Manhattan, intersecting neatly. Perhaps a bit too neatly, but this is not totally predictable, and you never really know who is going to end up with whom, or not as the case may be. This film confirms my suspicion that Heather Graham has got what it takes to be my Number One. Never has she looked so sweet and adorable, and I'll gladly stalk those sidewalks for a chance meeting.. The rest of the cast are also likeable, and I can't really find any real fault at all. Brittany Murphy continues to play diverse roles capably, easily passing as a 19-year-old here, although she's considerably older (I think). A refreshing change from formula
December 27, 2009
matertenebraum

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This is a story about three couples in New York. Their stories are woven together, as the couples all trade partners. All of the characters are very self-absorbed. There are moments when they speak directly to the camera, which illustrates how we often say things and do something else. I would've liked this film to be a little more "Woody Allen" and less "Sex in the City". Nice to see Brittany Murphy in this role. RIP.
June 17, 2011
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